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28 September 2017

Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter S. Cayetano with the leadership and executive officers of the US-Philippines Society on 27 September 2017 in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The US-Philippines Society tendered a lunch in honor of visiting Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter S. Cayetano on 27 September 2017 in Washington, D.C. The lunch was hosted by Co-Chair Ambassador John Negroponte (ret.), and attended by a number of Society Directors based in the United States, led by Society President Ambassador John Maisto (ret.).

In a wide-ranging discussion of bilateral and regional issues, Secretary Cayetano provided an overview of the Duterte Administration's foreign policy priorities and outlined how the Society can work with the Philippine Government in further strengthening Philippines-US relations. The Secretary, on the other hand, was assured of the Society's assistance in ensuring that the administration's ambitious governance agenda is more fully understood and appreciated among the thought leaders in the United States, particularly in the US capital.

"Through all the shifts of policy and politics over the years, the strong bonds between the peoples of the Philippines and the United States have been a lasting foundation for Philippines-US relations. I am honored and pleased by the lunch hosted by the US-Philippines Society because it is in such occasions that we get to learn about and discuss opportunities where we can work together to enhance our mutual interests, shared values, and common aspirations," the Secretary said after the lunch.

For his part, Ambassador Negroponte said, “Society members were deeply impressed with Secretary Cayetano. Our discussion covered the full range of current issues, emphasizing areas of bilateral cooperation, including enhanced business and investment opportunities.”

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the US-Philippines Society was launched in 2012 with the mission of raising the profile of today’s Philippines through programs on business, governance, culture, shared history, education, health care, immigration, strategic issues, and conflict resolution. The bi-national Board of Directors includes some 30 private sector and community leaders, and is co-chaired by Manuel V. Pangilinan (PH) and Ambassador Negroponte (US). The honorary chairs are Washington Sycip (PH) and Maurice "Hank" Greenberg (US).

The Secretary had earlier hosted a lunch for the Society at his residence in Taguig following their 23 February 2017 visit to a drug rehabilitation center at Camp Bagong Diwa during their Annual Board Meeting in the Philippines. ###